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The Dissenters Volume IIIThe Crisis and Conscience of Nonconformity$
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Michael R. Watts

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198229698

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229698.001.0001

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The Failure of Success

The Failure of Success

The Loss of the Poor

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The Dissenters Volume III

Michael R. Watts

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes how Nonconformity was losing its contact with the poorer sections of society. While the Nonconformist registers indicate that in the first four decades of the nineteenth century the appeal of Nonconformity was very largely to people who were poor, ill-educated, and superstitious, those registers show that by the end of the century, the working-class element in Dissenting chapels was likely to be dominated by respectable, intelligent, skilled workers and their families.

Keywords:   Nonconformists, poor, working class, church membership, Dissenting chapels

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